Crafty Idea: Baby Washcloths

Looking for a quick and easy gift idea for a baby shower, or just to add something special to a baby gift? How about some cute baby washcloths!

I don’t have time for too many projects that take too much time to do lately, so when I found a tutorial  over at Zaaberry, to make these sweet baby washcloths, I knew this was it.

I only made a couple, but it takes no time at all, following her tutorial, to make several of these sweet and soft washcloths.

There are a couple of things that I did differently, and that’s because I am always looking for a shortcut.  That’s what happens when you never have enough time in a day, lol!

Where she made a template to use for her sewing line (and a wonderful idea she has to use old file folders!), I used a 6″ square ruler to draw mine.

I use a water-soluble marking pen to draw my line. Don’t forget to leave yourself an opening….I almost did!

When I was done sewing around each one, I clipped the corners before turning. I didn’t clip my seams, because I thought that having the seam allowance larger would keep them from coming apart of a lot of use. After turning the cloth right side out, I pressed it with an iron.

I then edge-stitched about 1/4″ from the edge.  This also closes the opening.  That’s it!

So, so easy! 

I just used remnants of some chenille and flannel that I had on hand to make these.  What a great idea! I think that I will make some more with cotton on the top now.

Thanks for stopping by, and stop over at Zaaberry for tons more inspiration!

Handmade Christmas – Gifts for Men

I thought that I would start with gift ideas for men.  I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to find unique gift ideas to make for the men in my life. So better start now!  LOL!

Here is what I have come up with so far (and I will add more as I come across some good ideas).  I hope that you find something that you will like to make, or get inspiration from one of these projects:

Applique Baseball Pillow from BHG.  Perfect for that Sports fan! Put his favorite team name on it!



How about some handmade soap scented with his favorite scent?  Here is a tutorial from Rachel over at Small Notebook that is for beginners.  The perfect thing to learn while there is still plenty of time!  And you may decide to make plenty for others on your list as well! (I can’t wait to make some!)

Personalized Towels.  This is a nice way to take a towel in his favorite color and personalize it as a one of a kind gift.  A great idea to make if you have several men and boys that you need gifts for!  Also works as a last minute gift idea!

How about a Blue Jeans Quilt? Over at About.com there is a pattern that tells you step by step and has diagrams that are very helpful.  A great way to recycle those old jeans!

Here’s a peanut brittle that is sure to please!  From the Food Network, Alton Brown shares a yummy recipe!

Here is a how-to from Martha Stewart for no-sew slipper socks.  Boy these look great!  Easy to make for all of the men on your list!

Or how about this easy belt rack to help him keep organized in the closet? (OK, I know, boring….but it could be appreciated!) Maybe add a couple of new belts?

Here is a how-to to knit a scarf for your favorite guy!  You can customize it by selecting his favorite color, or using a yarn of your choice.  Sure to be appreciated by men of all ages!

I hope that you will find some ideas here that help you get a start on your Christmas gifts.

Take care, and thanks for stopping by!

Cheryl

Handmade Christmas – Links to Gift Tutorials


If you ‘re like me, you have a long list of gifts that you would like to make for family, friends, and neighbors for Christmas.  Now is the time to get started! I have assembled a list of tutorials and instructions for some handmade gift ideas to get you going.  I will be adding to this list as I find other projects throughout the next couple of months, so check back frequently.

Of course I have to add my link for my fabric bucket/basket tutorial.  This would make a wonderful gift with other items added to make a gift basket for the recipient.

I also have included my tutorial for a needle keeper/holder.  A nice stocking stuffer on it’s own, or make a sewing basket for someone just learning to sew or doing other needlework.  Make the fabric bucket and add a needle keeper along with other sewing goodies to make a sewing basket.

Here are some quilted coasters from Martha Stewart‘s website.  A great stocking stuffer or gift for a friend or co-worker.

 

 

Here is a potholder/oven mitt that would be great for yourself or added to a set with towels etc.  Make it in holiday fabrics and add to a batch of cookies for a friend.

 

Here is a pattern to download for free for a set of teen matching pj bottoms and top.

 

Here is a ‘Everything Pocket Bag’ from Chickpea Sewing Studio. She has a downloadable PDF or Word document.

 

 

Over at Sew Mama Sew, here are links for 2009, 2008, and 2007 for some great gift ideas that they linked up to.  I am sure that there will be another collection this November, so watch for it!  Well worth it!

Here is an adorable backpack over at the Moda Bakeshop.  Contributed by Tiffany – Tiny Seamstress.  So cute!

 

Over at Purl Bee, there are tons of wonderful gift ideas.  Here is a link to some blankets, mostly for baby, but thinkd outside the box and make them larger for teens, moms, dads, friends and neighbors!

 

Have people on your list that you would like to make an apron for?  Here is a list from Tipnut of 40+ free apron patterns and tutorials.  Sew, sew, sew!

 

 

Here is a cute ‘Sewing Companion Case’ that would be a wonderful gift for a sewing friend.

 

 

Here is a ‘Jigsaw Puzzle’ quilt pattern for a baby quilt, although I am sure you can enlarge it to whatever size you would like it to be without a problem.  I like the jigsaw pattern and bright colors in this one!

 

I will be adding more links as time goes by, but this should give you a good start on some projects and places to look.

Have fun!

Cheryl

Book Review – Pretty Little Presents

As I promised, here is a look at a book that I recently purchased.  I had actually been looking at this book online, and decided that I wouldn’t purchase it.  But then browsing through the sewing books over at my local Barnes and Noble, (just try to keep me away from them!)  I ran across it.  Having a chance to really browse through it changed my mind totally.  I decided that there are a lot of really cute projects in the book that I would make.  It makes all the difference when you can really get a good look at the book before you purchase it.  That’s why I like to give all of you a chance to see some of these books, before you make the decision to purchase it or not.  Anyhow, here goes, through my eyes….

Pretty Little Presents

And a note:  Please excuse the lighting in these pictures.  I had to do this in the evening, and I had a hard time getting good light.

Pretty Little Presents is published by Lark Books and features projects from several different designers. Here is a look at the credits page..

Designer Credits
Designer Credits

In case you can’t read this well, you’ll see names like Elizabeth Hartman, Fiona Hesford, Belinda Andresson, Stephanie Costo, Lisa Cox and many, many others.  The information includes their websites and blogs, where you can learn so much more about them, and follow all of their crafty endeavors.

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Contents Page 1
Contents Page 1
Contents Page 2
Contents Page 2

The book is divided up int five chapters:  Host(ess) With the Most(est), Welcome Home, Snappy Birthday, Tying the Knot, and Bundles of Joy.  The chapters are all set up with gift giving in mind, and most of the projects are pretty quick to make.

Starting with basics, you will get some information  about what tools will be required to do most of the projects in the book, and a little background  about the tools needed and how they will be used.

Basics
Basics

There is also a some information regarding types of fabrics, what a fat quarter is, and some tips about sewing with these fabrics.  This is just general information, but can be helpful if you are fairly new to sewing with some of these fabrics.

Next, a small section of sewing techniques.  Diagrams walk you through tips such as binding with bias tape, clipping or notching curves, making and attaching straps, making your own bias tape, adding a lining, installing zippers, just to name a few.

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The diagrams are fairly clear and easy to follow.

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Diagrams like these are all through the book and included with each project as well.  Here is a peak at some of the projects included:

Passport Holder by Lisa Cox
Passport Holder by Lisa Cox
Passport Holder Instruction
Passport Holder Instruction
Some of the Figures
Some of the Figures
Closeup of the holder opened up
Closeup of the holder opened up

The project is listed step-by-step, with photos and figures to refer to so you know what is being said.

Here are a few more items for you to see….

Bookmarks with Magnets by Joan K. Morris
Bookmarks with Magnets by Joan K. Morris
Gift Card Holders by Beth Walker
Gift Card Holders by Beth Walker
Carryall by Lisa Cox
Carryall by Lisa Cox
Purse/Clutch by Elizabeth Hartman
Purse/Clutch by Elizabeth Hartman
wake, rattle & stroll by Roxanne Beauvais
wake, rattle & stroll by Roxanne Beauvais
hold anything by Celine Reid
hold anything by Celine Reid
sew convenient by Katherine Accettura
sew convenient by Katherine Accettura

I think that you get the idea.  I don’t want to ruin all of the surprises!

The book includes templates in the back that can be enlarged for use..

templates
templates

At 132 pages, this little book packs in a lot of projects that show a lot of creativity.  With holidays on the way, I have marked several that I’m going to make already!

I hope that you find that this information is helpful, and if you have any additional questions, please send me an e-mail, I’d be glad to answer them for you.

Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by!

Family

This week has been geared toward family.  Both at home, and at work.

Wednesday was my daughter’s birthday.  She just turned 26 (how can she be so old, when I’m so young? sigh!)

Kathryn 2009
Kathryn 2009

She requested a white cake, raspberry filling, and cream cheese frosting,

Birthday Cake
Birthday Cake

Nothing fancy.  You’re never too old to have mom bake your birthday cake!  And she loved it!

Yum!
Yum!

Then there was the baby shower at work.  I made Lindsey this little basket,

Peter Rabbit Basket
Peter Rabbit Basket

And I filled it with little girl baby clothes, which I didn’t take a picture of.

Baby Shower Potluck
Baby Shower Potluck

It was a potluck so I made a taco bean dip, (you can kind of see it in the middle of the picture).  Lots of food!

Baby Gifts
Baby Gifts

And she received lots of gifts.  This is as far as I got at the shower.   I had to run off for a conference call.  But I did let Lindsey know that she has one more gift coming from me! ( shhhhhhh!  The baby quilt, I didn’t tell her what it was.)  I will have it done by time the baby arrives!

Tomorrow morning I will be flying out to Tulsa to see my in-laws.  My husband is already there.  It should be a relaxing weekend.  I’m going right now to get some fabric and supplies together.  Maybe I can get a start on some more projects or some hand sewing done!

I hope that you enjoy your weekend!  Thanks for coming by!

Book Review – ‘Sew Darn Cute’ by Jenny Ryan

I love sewing and craft books.  It gives you the chance to see what others are doing, and learn some new techniques along the way.  I get so inspired when someone with a great imatination comes out with something different!

Sew Darn Cute

Sew Darn Cute is one of those books.  I almost passed it up.  There are many books out there that have the same old, same old, just done in different fabric.  Not so with Jenny Ryan’s new book.  Out new this spring, Jenny has imagination and has come up with some really, well…..cute ideas!

She starts out with some information that is especially helpful for new sewers about supplies and notions that would be helpful to do the projects in the book.  She also gives you some sewing basics with diagrams that are helpful. She then moves on to her projects.

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The first chapter is called ‘Pretties’ which include things you can make for yourself or someone else.  One of my favorites there is the tank top with appliqued and handsewn embellishments that make up a necklace.  Now just looking at these pictures can get your imagination thinking about different things you might do to make this your shirt!

The pictures are good, and she has some great close-ups so you can see the detail that she has included.

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She then goes on to do a chapter called ‘Totables’.  There are several useful bags and totes.  The twist is that she does a combination of things to decorate and create these bags.  She uses reverse applique, applique, embroidery, crocheted doilies, etc.

Jenny promotes using old clothes and thrift store finds to create any project that you can.  This gives you a chance to use your imagination and save some $$ as well!

Her next chapter is called ‘Nest’ and has items, you guessed it, for the home.  Cute cafe curtains that are appliqued with a cute scene, coasters, a patchwork table runner, cute ideas for decorating dishtowels, a patchwork travel pillow (great idea!), etc.

Cute Bears Chapter 4 is ‘Kid Stuff’.  Look at these cute square bears!  I think I will make a couple for some baby nursery decoration!  There are several projects for kids of all ages.

Jenny’s final chapter is called ‘Crafties’.  Think reuse and reinvent in several projects in this chapter.  The snap on wrist pin cushion looks great, I can’t wait to make one!

She rounds out the content of the book with templates to enlarge and copy, and a list of resources.

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Throughout the book Jenny gives you ideas for changes in embellishment, and themes and variations you can do with each of the projects.  I’d give this book a browse, I know that I start thinking of all kinds of ‘cute’ things to sew when I pick it up!